The Birth of Economic Woman

Author(s): Liam Frink; Celeste Giordano

Year: 2015


Modern humans have been living in the Arctic for over 30,000 years and their ability to adapt to the ecological limitations and challenges is relevant to questions of human adaptation and evolution. However, we know very little about the actual technologies and nutritional implications that were necessary to develop in the northern latitudes. Here we focus on two aspects of Arctic dietary practices that are little understood in the literature and yet would have been essential to successful occupation of the extreme Arctic environments—the seal poke storage system and the fermentation of foods. We present our original research on the construction and nutritional benefits of this kind of storage and the ways foods have been fermented. Embedded in our discussion of Arctic nutrition is the critical role of women and their applications of transformational technologies and their essential contributions to the Arctic diet.

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The Birth of Economic Woman. Liam Frink, Celeste Giordano. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394856)


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